Tried & True Tips from Moms on Overcoming Common Hurdles of Back to School Blues

by 09/01/14   filed under: education, green education, parenting

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10 Kid-Friendly Vegan Dishes for Backyard BBQs

by 08/31/14   filed under: cooking, food, green family, green kids, kid friendly, recipes, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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HOW TO: Make a Decadent Chocolate Cake That's Made from Vegetables!

by 08/31/14   filed under: baking, food, healthy recipe, how-to, kid friendly, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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A Mother Photographs Her Sons Relishing a Slow Summer in the Polish Countryside

by 08/30/14   filed under: art

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This Inspiring 99 Year-Old Woman Sews a Dress a Day to Send to Young Girls in Africa

by 08/30/14   filed under: humanitarian design, kids clothing, news

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99 year-old Lillian Weber sews a dress every single day. While that fact in and of itself is remarkable — what makes Weber’s labor of love even more inspiring is that each dress is destined for a young girl in need through the charity Little Dresses For Africa. Weber aspires to sew her 1,000th dress by her 100th birthday early next May! Read on for this heartwarming tale of how one person can make a huge difference in the lives of others — at any age.

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The Snack Stack Enables Green, Waste-Free Snacking On-the-Go

by 08/30/14   filed under: food, snack

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Available in a virtual rainbow of colors, the versatile Snack Stack by Re-Play is the perfect snack container for school lunches, play dates, picnics on the beach and more. Made in the USA from recycled milk jugs, these stacking containers are lightweight, durable and BPA-free. Plus, these little snack containers tote just about any snack you need – from cut fruit to crackers to trail mix and much more. You can carry one single container or stack up as many as you need. All the containers nest and attach to each other for ease of carrying, and the chunky shape is perfect for little hands. Tops unscrew easily – even for younger kids, and all container components are dishwasher safe. So go green and save money on useless single-use containers and disposable plastic baggies by opting for the new Snack Stack.

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Too Much Screen Time May Prevent Kids from Being Able to Read Facial Emotions

by 08/29/14   filed under: green family, green kids, news

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It’s no secret that kids spend far too much time sitting in front of screens and plenty of research says this growing screen addiction is far from healthy. Now though, new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles shows that beyond all the other negative aspects of screen overuse, too much screen time may prevent youth from being able to correctly read facial emotion in others. The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that when youth are exposed to  in-person interaction without access to screen-based or media devices, their nonverbal emotion understanding of other humans improves significantly. The study looked at a group of sixth-graders who attended an outdoor nature camp for five days. While the kids were at the camp they were denied access to screens and exposed to increased peer interactions. Before camp the camp-bound kids, plus another group of control kids were given pre-tests regarding nonverbal emotional cues. After the camp concluded, the researchers gave the camp kids and the other same-age control kids post-tests regarding nonverbal emotional cues. The results? After five screen-free days, the camp kids recognition of nonverbal emotional cues improved significantly over the control group. In general, kids who had regular access to screens, including phones, computers and TV could not read human emotion as well as the kids who went screen-free for five days. You may wonder why being able to read nonverbal emotion cues even matters, but it’s a big deal. Keep reading to learn more.

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Aloetree Kids Clothing Company Aims to Raise Funds to Prevent Child Trafficking

by 08/29/14   filed under: eco baby clothing, eco toddler, kids clothing

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HOW TO: Make a Tropical Coconut Breakfast Using Leftover Yamani Rice

HOW TO: Make a Tropical Coconut Breakfast Using Leftover Yamani Rice

TweetEmail1. Gather the ingredients 1 cup of yamani rice 4 tbs of coconut milk 1 tbs of peanut butter 3 drops of vanilla essence extract or bean a few pumpkin seeds a few…

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5 Great Reasons to Send a Homemade Packed Lunch to School with Your Child

5 Great Reasons to Send a Homemade Packed Lunch to School with Your Child

To Make Sure Your Child Has Healthy Meals First consider the fact that public schools consider french fries and pizza a decent serving of veggies. Next consider that kids were served…

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PackIt Lunch Bags Keep Packed Lunches Cold & Fresh for 10 Hours

PackIt Lunch Bags Keep Packed Lunches Cold & Fresh for 10 Hours

The original PackIt lunch bag is a great option for packing waste-free lunches for your child to take to school. The biggest perk of PackIt is you won’t need to freeze tons of…

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6 Essential Oils That are Safe for Babies + How to Use Them

6 Essential Oils That are Safe for Babies + How to Use Them

TweetEmail 1. Chamomile Both Roman and German varieties are considered safe to use from birth. Chamomile is a strong calming agent, and can be added to a carrier for a massage…

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5 Excellent Reasons to Make Your Kids Walk to School

5 Excellent Reasons to Make Your Kids Walk to School

TweetEmailLittle girl looking through window – Shutterstock Image To Grow Healthy Kids Childhood obesity rates are out of control and have more than tripled in the past…

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HOW TO: Make Scrumptious Mini Vegan and Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Cream Pies

HOW TO: Make Scrumptious Mini Vegan and Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Cream Pies

TweetEmail 1. Gather the ingredients. For the crust: 1 cup gluten-free flour, plus up to 1/4 cup extra as needed 1 tsp xanthan gum 1 Tbsp coconut sugar 1/4 cup coconut…

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JeongMee Yoon Explores the Relationship Between Color Choices and Gender Roles in Her "Pink & Blue Project"

JeongMee Yoon Explores the Relationship Between Color Choices and Gender Roles in Her "Pink & Blue Project"

TweetEmailHow the Project Started The Pink and Blue Project was inspired by Yoon’s then five year-old daughter, who was utterly obsessed with the color pink. Yoon notes…

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Bloom's Luxo Crib and Dresser Add European Flair to the Nursery

Bloom's Luxo Crib and Dresser Add European Flair to the Nursery

TweetEmailThe Luxo sleep baby bed by Bloom is a beautifully designed cot bed that provides a sleep space for newborns up to five years of age, thanks to a conversion accessory.…

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Female Scientist LEGO Minifigs Come to Life Via Their Own Twitter Account!

Female Scientist LEGO Minifigs Come to Life Via Their Own Twitter Account!

TweetEmail Back in April 2012, LEGO CUUSOO member Alatariel submitted a Female Minifigure Set project. Alatariel’s female Minifig scientists were designed not only to…

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Tell Fisher Price to Remove Toxic Flame Retardants from Their Products

Tell Fisher Price to Remove Toxic Flame Retardants from Their Products

TweetEmail In a recent study led by Duke University, 100% of mothers and children tested were positive for TDCIPP, a common flame retardant in furniture. Research shows that…

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